2019 is the final year of the River Otter Beaver Trial, and when it finishes the government is expected to make a decision about the future of beavers in England.

Following a successful earlier Trial, the Scottish government recently announced that beavers are a resident and protected species north of the border.

The talk will include an introduction to the role that beavers play in restoring aquatic ecosystems and their effects on hydrology and flood risks. As well as the River Otter Beaver Trial, the Devon Wildlife Trust has been running the Enclosed Beaver Project where the impacts on beavers on a fenced wetland have been studied in detail since 2011, and the talk will include some of the research findings from this site. Including anecdotal observation that suggest willow tits, spotted flycatchers, woodcock, grey herons and kingfishers have particularly benefitted from the habitat changes within the enclosure.

Date(s) - 16/08/2019
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Hobby Lecture Theatre